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By Brock Bingaman, Bradley Nassif

The Philokalia (literally "love of the attractive or good") is, after the Bible, the main influential resource of religious culture in the Orthodox Church. First released in Greek in 1782 via St. Nicodemos of the Holy Mountain and St. Macarios of Corinth, the Philokalia includes works via thirty-six influential Orthodox authors from the fourth to fifteenth-centuries equivalent to Maximus the Confessor, Peter of Damascus, Symeon the recent Theologian, and Gregory Palamas. unusually, this crucial choice of theological and non secular writings has acquired little scholarly cognizance. With the turning out to be curiosity in Orthodox theology, the necessity for a noticeable source for philokalic stories has turn into more and more obtrusive. the aim of the current quantity is to treatment that lack by means of delivering an ecumenical number of scholarly essays at the Philokalia that will introduce readers to its history, motifs, authors, and relevance for modern existence and thought.

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At this stage it seemed probable that he would pursue the normal career open to a young Greek with scholarly gifts and ecclesiastical interests; that is to say, he might have chosen to continue his education in the West at a Roman Catholic or Protestant university and then, returning to the Levant, he might have taken up a professorship at some “School of the Nation,” eventually becoming a bishop. Instead, contacts on Naxos with three Kollyvades monks, exiles from the Holy Mountain, turned his thoughts in a different direction.

Anne on the Holy Mountain began to build a new central church (kyriakon). To enhance their fundraising, they undertook in the customary way to commemorate the names of the departed relatives of donors. According to the Orthodox typikon, the appointed day for mnimosyna is Saturday, the day on which the dead Christ rested in the tomb. But many monks at St. Anne’s needed to work on Saturdays, and in particular a number of them had to go to Karyes on that day to sell their wares at the weekly market.

Anne’s needed to work on Saturdays, and in particular a number of them had to go to Karyes on that day to sell their wares at the weekly market. As the number of names to be commemorated increased, for convenience they began to transfer the mnimosyna to Sunday. This, the day of the Savior’s resurrection from the dead, seemed to them an equally appropriate occasion on which to intercede for the departed who are awaiting their own resurrection. This innovation displeased the more conservative monks at St.

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